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Diversity

Photo Bob Perkoski
Photo Bob Perkoski
If any word accurately describes the city of Cleveland, it's diversity. Long before it was settled by westwardly mobile British colonists, the region was home to various Native American tribes. "Cuyahoga," if you didn't know, is Indian for crooked river (though some will have you believe it means "cursed sports teams"). By the late 19th century, 10 percent of the city's population was Irish. Next came the Germans, followed in successive waves by Italians, Poles, Hungarians, Slovenians and Slovakians. Later, Cleveland welcomed Asian immigrants by the armful from China, Korea and Vietnam, but also Thailand, Laos and India. Hispanics came in equally large numbers too.

Walk into the West Side Market on a busy morning and you might identify a dozen different tongues and we don't mean the kinds that come from tasty animals. Diversity is not only what defines a city; it's what makes a city great.

Diversity Features

inside out: global cle's talent attraction campaign aimed at filling jobs, repopulating city core

On Thursday, May 1, Global Cleveland will officially launch its talent attraction campaign at a major event at the Cleveland Convention Center. The event -- like the organization hosting it -- is focused on increasing the population while strengthening the local economy.

follow you, follow me: the social media mavens we can't get enough of

In Cleveland’s ever-evolving social media community, there is a wide variety of contributors to the civic dialogue. We've complied a list of some of our favorite voices -- a mix of up-and-comers and seasoned vets from different corners of the web who are using their blogs, podcasts and Twitter feeds to give the city a voice.

national roundup: cincy's beer boom, cleveland's new leaders, toronto's female founders

Issue Media Group publications such as Yonge Street in Toronto, High Ground in Memphis and Model D in Detroit cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from all across our national network.

on the rise: four emerging african-american leaders in cleveland

Those among us that emerge to the forefront of their professions and community have been honing their leadership skills for some time. Here are a few young African-Americans making waves around town through advocacy, talent and so much more.

festival insiders, fans and volunteers offer their take on cultural event of the year

To say the Cleveland International Film Festival -- now in its 38th year -- has staying power is an understatement. In order to get a street level view of the event, Fresh Water sat down with some true insiders to get the skinny on what makes the CIFF tick and how to make the most of it.
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Diversity Founders

lynlee altman

lynlee altman

City: MidTown

Meet Lynlee Altman, founder of Pinnacle Construction, a general contractor that specializes in unique, complex and safety-critical construction.

debbie donley

debbie donley

City: Downtown

Meet Debbie Donley, founder of Vocon, an architectural firm with more than 120 employees in its Cleveland and New York offices.

ariane kirkpatrick

ariane kirkpatrick

City: Emerging Neighborhoods

Meet Ariane Kirkpatrick, founder of AKA Construction Management Team, Inc., a construction company and commercial cleaning company with 47 employees.

jill akins

jill akins

City: Downtown

Meet Jill Akins, founder of Van Auken Akins Architects LLC.

kazell pugh

kazell pugh

City: Bedford

Meet Kazell Pugh, founder of TLC Springwater.

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